On Wednesday, Vice President Joseph Biden made an official announcement from the White House that he will not be running for president. Biden had been on the fence about whether or not he would run for office, citing the death of his son and the grief that he was experiencing as the determining factor in his decision.
Biden addressed the crowd:
As the family and I have worked through the — the grieving process, I’ve said all along what I’ve said time and again to others: that it may very well be that that process, by the time we get through it, closes the window on mounting a realistic campaign for president. That it might close…Unfortunately, I believe we’re out of time, the time necessary to mount a winning campaign for the nomination. But while I will not be a candidate, I will not be silent. I intend to speak out clearly and forcefully, to influence as much as I can where we stand as a party and where we need to go as a nation. And this is what I believe…
After explaining his decision, Biden made the case that the president’s record was exemplary but more work needed to be done. He made the case that free public education should extend beyond high school through college, that the government should triple the child care tax credit, fight for cures for cancer, among other initiatives. The news that Biden is officially not going to enter the race for the office of the president was a welcomed announcement to Donald Trump who immediately reacted with the following tweet:
I think Joe Biden made correct decision for him & his family. Personally, I would rather run against Hillary because her record is so bad.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 21, 2015
Trump apparently feels confident that he’ll win against Clinton. Clinton’s record, as Trump referenced, will be called into question on Thursday as she takes the witness stand in the Benghazi hearings.
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